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Where can a writer find their spark of inspiration? Writing a book or narrative begins with a fantasy. Many authors collect ideas in their own personal life to form their works. Family, environments, devastating encounters, and how you're raised can all spark an idea. Chopin's background which contains her loved ones, her environments, along with her many adventures with death in her lifetime all had an effect on her writing and shaped her into the prosperous author she's famed for being. Chopin's non-traditional relatives paved the way for her outlook on life. Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis Missouri on February 8, 1851. Her father's name is Thomas O’Flaherty. He was originally from Ireland but had seen his way to New York and Illinois and then eventually made his home in St. Louis. Thomas O’Flaherty lived in St. Louis where he gained wealth as the owner of a commission home. Thomas married Eliza Faris, Eliza O’Flatery, whose family has been from French-Creole origins. Kate Chopin was the third of five children in her loved ones, but her sisters died as babies and her brothers never much older. At age five, Kate Chopin devastatingly lost her dad who was killed in a train collision. Thus, Kate Chopin lived and was raised by relatives at a family of all females. She remained with her mother, grandma, also great-grandmother that all had dwelt long enough to see that their husbands pass away. While staying with her family, Kate Chopin has been taught by her great grandmother, Victoria Verdon Charleville, who was responsible for her education. She not only influenced her mental and artistic growth, but also guided her to tell stories created with her creativity and influenced by her love of gossiping. Her great grandmother considerably influenced...